2 US midsize SUVs get top safety rating

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Only two of nine midsize SUVs get the highest rating in crash tests done by a US insurance industry group.

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The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest “good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Toyota Highlander got the second-best “acceptable” rating in tests of 2014 models.

But the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer got “marginal” ratings, while the Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot all were rated “poor.”

The ratings are based on six crash test measurements done by the institute.

Only the Equinox and Terrain got “good” ratings in a front overlap crash that mimics what happens when a car’s front corner collides with another vehicle or an object like a utility pole.

In the test, 25 per cent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph (64km/h).

The test, instituted in 2012, is more difficult than the US government’s frontal crash test, in which a car strikes a rigid barrier head-on at 35 mph (56km/h).

IIHS says hitting only part of the front end makes it harder for cars to manage the energy from a crash.

The test “continues to challenge manufacturers more than a year and a half after its introduction,” the institute said in a statement.

The institute uses its crash test scores to prod automakers into adding safety devices or making their cars more crash-resistant.

The Honda Pilot was the worst performer of the group, largely because the driver’s space was seriously compromised in the overlap test, the institute said.

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